Please do check out the event page for details, but I'll put the current rough course outline here as well:
Day 1: Classes will start with Woody Agriculture theory and progress to details of establishment and planning, primarily focussing on hazels:
- Woody Agriculture Introduction: Theory and Energetics: Why; and How
- Basic Hazel Biology—plant morphology, physiology, genetics, species ecology
- Chestnuts, Hickories, and Others
- NEW! The Badgersett Hazel Breeding Program - Specifics on Cycles 1 through 4, with the math.
- Establishment— site selection, planting, and weed control
- NEW! Life Cycle Hazel Spacing— with effects on yield and long-term management
Day 2: The detail continues, with fertilization, pest management, marketing and sales:
- Fertilizing— how to assess and optimize hazel fertility
- Harvest and Post Harvest— ripeness assessment, state of the art hand harvest techniques and machine capability
- Pest Management in Detail—mammals, birds, insects, plants and fungi
- TENTATIVE Propagation, high and low tech—involving examination of actual plants in class, and including our proprietary on-farm cloning method.
- TENTATIVE Coppice— important details of this field renovation practice
- NEW! Nut Quality– faults, sorting, grading for sales
- NEW! Marketing– Including specifics on creating markets for new products.
Note that the marketing talk is now tagged as "new" since I didn't find it as a separate talk on any of the previous short course syllabi.